Young Woman Severely Injured by Drunk Driver in Warren County, VA, Receives $350,000
By Mike Snellings, Norfolk Accident Injury Lawyer
I cringed when I read this story. Nothing good can arise from driving under the influence and/or driving on the wrong side of the highway. Head-on collisions produce so much force that the injuries associated with the wreck are typically catastrophic. That is what resulted when a drunk driver started driving down the wrong side of Route 522 in Warren County, Virginia.
An 18-year-old girl, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 522 when a car struck them on head-on, as reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The plaintiff’s injuries were life-threatening. After receiving initial treatment at a local hospital, she was airlifted to Fairfax Inova Hospital’s intensive care unit.
As a result of the wreck, this young woman suffered serious injuries. She fractured her pelvis, femur, and sacral. She required extensive orthopedic surgery to treat her injuries, as well as physical therapy to continue her recovery. The total amount of medical bills incurred by the plaintiff was reported to be $131,620. The wreck also left her unable to perform ballet or attend college, as she had intended.
The defendant faced charges for his decision to drive under the influence. He was convicted of felony maiming of another resulting from driving while intoxicated (Virginia Code § 18.2-51.4) – a class 6 felony.
Punitive Damages After Virginia DUI Wrecks
Injuries caused by driving under the influence occasionally give the victim the right to seek punitive damages. This generally occurs if the defendant’s actions amounted to willful and wanton disregard for the plaintiff’s rights. The punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for his improper actions and deter the defendant and others in the community from acting in a similar way.
No two cases are the same and we cannot guarantee the result of a claim, but the case settled for $350,000 after four insurance policies provided their maximum policy limits. Congratulations to the plaintiff’s attorneys – Dickson Young and Justin Daniel of Whitestone Young in Fairfax – for wading through the complex insurance coverage waters and arriving at a favorable result for the plaintiff.
Drunk drivers injure innocent victims on the roadways each and every day. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, it is important to know your legal rights. Please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757-455-0077 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.